Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
LAW-10039 (Legal Essentials)
This module situates an examination of the Companies Act 2006 within a critical and historical context. The module looks at the company as a social and economic actor, a species of business organisation (contrasting it with other forms of business organisation). It explores the central features of the limited liability company. The module will introduce you to models of the company with a specific focus on the doctrine of separate corporate personality, the changing nature of shares and the constitution of the company. It explores issues of ownership, management, control and responsibility as these arise in relation to the statutory duties of directors and shareholder protection.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-30080/lists
To enable students to appreciate the basics of UK company law in light of the nature and import of companies in the domestic economy and wider society alike.To enable students to appreciate the basics of corporate regulation theory.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe and critique the essential tenets of UK company law: 1explain and critique the meaning of the corporate personality and its implications on issues of financial liability: 1assess and critique the legal frameworks defining the duties and the rights of directors and shareholders: 1evaluate the practical significance of corporate governance theories: 1deploy problem solving and essay writing skills: 1
11 x 2 hour lectures = 22 hours5 x 1 hour tutorials = 5 hoursdirected tutorial preparation = 30reading and formative assessment preparation = 40 hourssummative assessment preparation = 53 hoursTotal = 150 hours
1: Assignment weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
AssignmentThe word limit for the assessment is 3,000 words. Students must answer one problem question in Part A and one essay question (from a choice of two) in Part B. The questions carry equal weight.